This week I joined one more program, Alaskan Airlines/Horizon Air. This epiphany was not my own, it came from Angik S and his winning tip from last week:
“An important program that you have left out is Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. It is referred to as the “slut of the skies”. The reason is that it is partners with AA, Delta and a host of other Oneworld and Skyteam airlines. So if you credit your AA/Delta miles to them, you can use it on a plethora of airlines. (http://www.insideflyer.com/articles/article.php?key=6358). Another reason is that the Alaska Air BoA visa is probably the only card that offers a true $99 companion visa. I would also have also have suggested Aeroplan, but they have devalued in my opinion.” – Angik S
Upon signing up they gave me 500 bonus miles!!! Hallelujah! The first program so far to just give me free miles. They also have a standing offer of 1000 bonus miles for your first hotel booking through their site. Thinking about getting the hotel points, I searched their Mileage Plan-Hotel Partners only to realize you get additional points for staying at their partner hotels. This is becoming addictive. They partner with tons of hotels but in relation to the programs I just signed up for I noticed, Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton, SPG and Priority club all had opportunities for extra points.
From the Skies, they partner with 15 other airlines; American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Air France, Air Pacific, Cathay Pacific, Era Alaska, Horizon Air, Iceland Air, Kenmore Air, KLM, Korean Air, LAN, Pen Air, and Qantas. Not too bad I’d have to say. Just looking at the list I kept getting visions of all you crazy frugal travel folk arranging around the world trips using some amazing manipulation of these partners and your abilities to squeeze free travel out of anyone.
On the road, they partner with the rental companies; Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
From the table, they offer an Alaskan Airlines Mileage Plan Dining program, partnering with over 10,000 restaurants and offering up to 5 miles for every dollar you spend and 500 bonus points for new members after the first $25 dollars you spend. You can go to http://www.mileageplan.rewardsnetwork.com/ to find out more.
So, I know I didn’t cover everything Alaskan Airlines offers, if you all have any additional tips regarding this program or other ones like it, please let us in on it. I didn’t rack up a ton of miles doing this, but it turned out to be a great program, and the time I spent surfing their site taught me a lot about how partnerships between these programs work. I think I’ll be able to better maximize bonus points by knowing who partners with who before I go booking hotels, flights,or rental cars. I do regret all the previous bookings points I wasted not knowing this stuff.
Thank you all for your contributions to the Rookies out there.Tips from the month of January have me headed in a great direction and I advise anyone just getting into this to go back and re read the Rookie Travel Tips Posts and Tips. Question of the week: My home airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), it is serviced by the following airlines; American, Delta, Continental, United and U.S. Airways, what is the best way to determine which airline program to focus on when traveling from home?
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